Exciting update from the Planet Southie Bike Action Team!
It's been a just over two weeks since we listened to the extraordinary presentation that transportation engineer Mike Tremblay delivered to Planet Southie. Mike's proposal for major improvements to our urban landscape along East & West Broadway, immediately caught the attention of Mayor Menino's Boston Bikes director Nicole Freedman who requested a face to face meeting with us to review his key concepts, and to hear about Planet Southie Bikes' overall goals.
Mike's plan goes well beyond the inclusion of bicycle infrastructure, its a much broader improvement to Broadway for pedestrians, motorists, trees and more; however, since Nicole represents Boston Bikes the topic she is most interested in hearing about is of course bikes.
From there Mike Tremblay went page by page through his design ideas for each intersection along Broadway. Every time I open his set of drawings I am amazed at the level of thinking that has gone into his work. He presented his ideas to Nicole who carefully listened, enthusiastically asked questions, and made insightful comments all along the way. At this point I was mostly a spectator watching two city planning experts hum through the details at an extraordinary pace. Some of these ideas would certainly need more even more careful attention, and the cost of this project would likely be in the millions... however Nicole seemed optimistic that we could aim to get temporary measures done while we wait for bigger urban renewal funding to help with the large expense that this design proposes.
We concluded by leaving behind a set of Mike's drawings and Nicole stating her intentions to shop these design ideas for Broadway around. Nicole also suggested a Planet Southie group ride and guided tour of our neighborhood to help her become even more familiar with our streets. She said she could probably ride most of our streets in about an hour.... I told her that it won't be much of a tour because I'd be left behind in the dust. I'll try to set something up with her in the spring.